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PO Box 15552

San Antonio, TX 78212

LSAISD Education Leadership Development Program 


Leadership SAISD is a FREE 9-month education leadership development program that provides community members the information and skills to become thought leaders around education.

Participants develop a nuanced understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities facing school communities with topics such as school finance, policy and advocacy, and educational equity.

Cohort members meet once a month to hear from influential speakers and experts, review best practices, research, explore equity in education, and conduct site visits. Together, participants and experts explore the issues that shape public education today with an emphasis on real-world solutions and practical problem solving. Seminars provide a factual, non-partisan look at how schools function.

Cohort members explore the most relevant topics in education today including:

Data & Research in Education 

School Finance

Education Policy & Advocacy 

Education Governance

Wellness in Education

21st Century Learning 

Diversity and Equity

Classes are held one Friday per month from 9:00 A.M to 2:00 P.M at Cafe College and tours take place throughout the city.

Graduates of Leadership SAISD are equipped and positioned to serve in a number of leadership roles, including Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs); site based decision-making committees; Board of Trustee task forces; non-profit boards and volunteer positions. Moreover, LSAISD graduates have the knowledge and skills to effectively advance the broader discussion around public education within San Antonio.


(Wednesday, August 14, 2019) – Leadership SAISD (LSAISD) is proud to announce the 50 education community leaders who will take part in the LSAISD Education Leadership Development Program and form part of the LSAISD Class of 2020. Leadership SAISD has inspired over 200 civically minded individuals to become leaders within the education community.


The LSAISD Class of 2020 will participate in a free 9-month education leadership development program addressing various education topics including data and research in education, school finance, education policy and advocacy, education governance, educational equity, diversity, wellness in education, 21st century learning, workforce development in education, and education service and leadership opportunities. Sessions provide a factual, non-partisan look at how schools function.


As the only education focused leadership development program in Bexar County, Leadership SAISD seeks to convene educators, caregivers, and community members to explore the challenges and opportunities within the educational landscape of San Antonio to activate civic engagement in various ways.


Graduates of Leadership SAISD are equipped and positioned to serve in a number of leadership roles including, Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs), decision-making committees, Board of Trustee task forces, non-profit boards, and other roles. Moreover, Leadership SAISD graduates have the knowledge and skills to effectively advance the broader discussion around public education within San Antonio. 

Leadership SAISD congratulates the following 50 individuals who were selected to participate in this year’s program:

Adrienne Alcazar, CPS Energy

Alejandra Avenia, SAISD Bonham Academy

Alyssa Lopez, Self Employed

Arnold Hernandez, New Frontier Public Schools

Austin Hawk, SAISD

Bree Jameson, MORE

Carlo Garcia, SAISD

Chris Packham, UTSA

Cristina Noriega, CNoriega Fine Art, Inc.

Daniel Dyal, La Vernia ISD

Diana Kenny, Assessment, Intervention, Management (A.I.M.)

Dr. Rosie Smith, SAISD

Erika Crespo, AVANCE San Antonio

Erin Aparicio, SAISD Steele Montessori Academy

Georgette Chapa, AVANCE San Antonio

Ginger Mullaney, Healthy Futures of Texas

Javier Paredes, Muñoz and Company

Jennifer Cook, Good Samaritan Community Services

Jessica Gracia, Train the Mind 

Jessica Payan, Self-Employed 

John Scheel, MindLinx

Kelly Murguia Sandoval, Teach For America - San Antonio

Kendall Moore, Google

Kimberlin Sansone, Project Transformation

Kristen McKenney-Baggett, Yoga Day Nonprofit

Lara Fischer, The Scholastic Network

Lara Kilgore, Beyond Education

Loi Taylor, United Way of San Antonio & Bexar County

Marcae Bryant-Omosor, USAA

Marty Gamer, DOTS Educational Consulting

Melanie Mendez-Gonzales, ¿Qué Means What?  

Melissa Vela-Williamson, MVW Communications

Michelle Rodriguez, AV SHOP Inc.

Monica Ayala Jimenez, Palo Alto College

Naedean Herrera, Good Samaritan Community Services

Patricia Del Toro, SAISD

Quincy Boyd, Families Empowered

Ray Hernandez, San Antonio College

Rebecca Kaufmann Podowski, The DoSeum

Rhoda Leos, City of San Antonio Metropolitan Health District

Royce Sullivan, Abbi Malish- Touch of Class, Organic Coaching & Consulting, A Different Perspective/ iC- impact Collaborative 501©3

Saani Fong, San Antonio Economic Development Foundation

Sergio Plaza III, City Year San Antonio

Stephen Oakes, Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas

Summer Ahmed, Democracy Prep Public Schools

Sunny Hernandez, San Antonio College

Syedah Asghar, Teach For America San Antonio

Tamara Anderson, Alamo Colleges

Tori Austin, SAISD

Veronica Johannsen, Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG)

For more information about the LSAISD Education Leadership Development Program, please contact Leadership SAISD’s Executive Director, Gladys Hernández, at gladys@leadershipsaisd.org or (512) 668-9810 or visit our website at www.leadershipsaisd.org

Dates for the 2019-2020 year are: 

  • Friday, August 30, 2019 Mixer 

  • Friday, September 6, 2019 Session 1

  • Friday, October 4, 2019 Session 2

  • Friday, November 1, 2019 Session 3

  • Friday, December 6, 2019 Session 4

  • Friday, January 10, 2020 Session 5

  • Friday, February 7, 2020 Session 6

  • Friday, March 6, 2020 Session 7

  • Friday, April 3, 2020 Session 8

  • Friday, May 1, 2020 Session 9 and Graduation

Leadership SAISD Announces the LSAISD Class of 2020